There was never a great man who had not a great mother.— Olive Schreiner
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I think if I were dying and I heard of an act of injustice, it would start me up to a moment's life again.
Everything has two sides -- the outside that is ridiculous, and the inside that is solemn.
Our fathers had their dreams; we have ours; the generation that follows will have its own. Without dreams and phantoms man cannot exist.
Everything has two sides - the outside that is ridiculous, and the inside that is solemn.
If the bird does like its cage, and does like its sugar and will not leave it, why keep the door so very carefully shut?
The troubles of the young are soon over;
they leave no external mark. If you wound the tree in its youth the bark will quickly cover the gash; but when the tree is very old, peeling the bark off, and looking carefully, you will see the scar there still. All that is buried is not dead.
I know there will be spring, as surely as the birds know it when they see above the snow two tiny, quivering green leaves. Spring cannot fail us.
The secret of success is concentration .
.. Taste everything a little, look at everything a little; but live for one thing.
Ones real deathless wealth is all the beautiful souls one has seen and spiritually touched.
A child sees everything, looks straight at it, examines it, without any preconceived idea; most people, after they are about eleven or twelve, quite lose this power, they see everything through a few preconceived ideas which hang like a veil between them and the outer world.
There is no door at which the hand of woman has knocked for admission into a new field of toil but there have been found on the other side the hands of strong and generous men eager to turn it for her, almost before she knocks.
We have always borne part of the weight of war, and the major part .
.. Men have made boomerangs, bows, swords, or guns with which to destroy one another; we have made the men who destroyed and were destroyed! ... We pay the first cost on all human life.
How hard it is to make your thoughts look anything but imbecile fools when you paint them with ink on paper.
It is finer to bring one noble human being into the world and rear it well.
.. than to kill ten thousand.
Men are like the earth and we are the moon;
we turn always one side to them, and they think there is no other, because they don't see it -- but there is.
No good work is ever done while the heart is hot and anxious and fretted.
God said, 'When one man and one woman shine together, it makes the most perfect light.
We were equals once when we lay new-born babes on our nurse's knees.
We will be equal again when they tie up our jaws for the last sleep.
I am always thirsting for beautiful, beautiful, beautiful music.
I wish I could make it. Perhaps there isn't any music on earth like what I picture to myself.
My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those that are sad.
Without dreams and phantoms man cannot exist.
For those of us who have a ground of knowledge which we cannot transmit to outsiders, it is perhaps more profitable to act fearlessly than to argue.
There's something so beautiful in coming on one's very inmost thoughts in another. In one way it is one of the greatest pleasures one has.
They are called finishing-schools and the name tells accurately what they are.
They finish everything.
There's something beautiful about finding one's innermost thoughts in another.
[Finishing schools] are nicely adapted machines for experimenting on the question, "Into how little space a human being can be crushed?" I have seen some souls so compressed that they would have fitted into a small thimble, and found room to move . . .
Men are like the earth and we are the moon;
we turn always one side to them, and they think there is no other, because they don't see it - but there is.
Of all cursed places under the sun, where the hungriest soul can hardly pick up a few grains of knowledge, a girls boarding-school is the worst. They are called finishing schools, and the name tells accurately what they are. They finish everything but imbecility and weakness, and that they cultivate. They are nicely adapted machines for experimenting on the question, Into how little space a human being can be crushed? I have seen some souls so compressed that they would have fitted into a small thimble, and found room to move there -- wide room. A woman who has been for many years at one of those places carries the mark of the beast on her till she dies.
the brain works better if the hand works too.
We all enter the world little plastic beings, with so much natural force, perhaps, but for the rest -- blank; and the world tells us what we are to be, and shapes us by the ends it sets before us. To you it says -- Work; and to us it says -- Seem! To you it says -- As you approximate to man's highest ideal of God, as your arm is strong and your knowledge great, and the power to labor is with you, so you shall gain all that human heart desires. To us it says -- Strength shall not help you, nor knowledge, nor labor. You shall gain what men gain, but by other means. And so the world makes men and women.
A word may become so defiled by bad use that it will take a century before it can be purifed, and brought into use again.
We are a race of women that of old knew no fear and feared no death, and lived great lives and hoped great hopes; and if today some of us have fallen on evil and degenerate times, there moves in us yet the throb of the old blood.
The surest sign of fitness is success.
We have been so blinded by thinking and feeling that we have never seen the World.
Power! Did you ever hear of men being asked whether other souls should have power or not? It is born in them.
One has no right to form ideals of people, and then, because they don't justify them, become bitter.
A child sees everything, looks straight at it, examines it, without any preconceived idea.
Marriage for love is the most beautiful external symbol of the union of souls;
marriage without it is the least clean traffic that defiles the world.
To us, from the beginning, Nature has been but a poor plastic thing, to be toyed with this way or that, as man happens to please his deity or not; to go to church or not; to say his prayers right or not; to travel on a Sunday or not.Was it possible for us in an instant to see Nature as she is-the flowing vestment of an unchanging reality?
Soul, what have I to do with you?
Power! Did you ever hear of men being asked whether other souls should have power or not? It is born in them. You may dam up the fountain of water, and make it a stagnant marsh, or you may let it run free and do its work; but you cannot say whether it shall be there; it is there. And it will act, if not openly for good, then covertly for evil; but it will act.
Wisdom never kicks at the iron walls it can't bring down.
Love, smoke and a cough cannot long be hid!
Men's bodies are our women's works of art.
Given to us power of control, we will never carelessly throw them in to fill up the gaps in human relationships made by international ambitions and greeds ... War will pass when intellectual culture and activity have made possible to the female an equal share in the governance of modern national life; it will probably not pass away much sooner; its extinction will not be delayed much longer.
Slavery may, perhaps, be best compared to the infantile disease of measles;
a complaint which so commonly attacks the young of humanity in their infancy, and when gone through at that period leaves behind it so few fatal marks; but which when it normally attacks the fully developed adult becomes one of the most virulent and toxic of diseases, often permanently poisoning the constitution where it does not end in death.
No woman has the right to marry a man if she has to bend herself out of shape for him. She might wish to, but she could never be to him with all her passionate endeavor what the other woman could be to him without trying. Character will dominate over all and will come out at last.
genius has no limit of sex or race.
I have no conscience, none, but I would not like to bring a soul into this world. When it sinned and when it suffered something like a dead hand would fall on me, -- You did it, you, for your own pleasure you created this thing! See your work! If it lived to be eighty it would always hang like a millstone round my neck, have the right to demand good from me, and curse me for its sorrow. A parent is only like to God: if his work turns out bad so much the worse for him; he dare not wash his hands of it. Time and years can never bring the day when you can say to your child, Soul, what have I to do with you?
No woman who is a woman says of a human body, 'it is nothing' .
.. On this one point, and on this point alone, the knowledge of woman, simply as woman, is superior to that of man; she knows the history of human flesh; she knows its cost; he does not.